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Steve Evers and Tim Keller had  been on the road for 8 physically, emotionally and spiritually draining weeks. For the past 10 days, they had been serving in Sudan, encouraging and challenging Sudanese believers…

It was the middle of the rainy season in South Sudan when ITMI’s Vicky Waraka and six others from Revival and Fire Church set out for the village of Lyoba.

ITMI’s Vicky Waraka doesn’t have any biological children of her own. But in South Sudan, there are so many children in need of homes, that she has taken in children in need.

steve Evers, south sudan

Left Behind on a Runway in Sudan

Steve Evers and Tim Keller had  been on the road for 8 physically, emotionally and spiritually draining weeks. For the past 10 days, they had been serving in Sudan, encouraging and challenging Sudanese believers…

South Sudan, Vicky Waraka

Preaching the Gospel on a Muddy Adventure

It was the middle of the rainy season in South Sudan when ITMI’s Vicky Waraka and six others from Revival and Fire Church set out for the village of Lyoba.

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She Lived Her Whole Life in Juba, South Sudan. Now She’s Going to India.

ITMI’s Vicky Waraka doesn’t have any biological children of her own. But in South Sudan, there are so many children in need of homes, that she has taken in children in need.

In June of 2020, when the entire world was locking down and staying home to avoid spreading COVID-19, thousands of residents of South Sudan and Sudan living near the White Nile river were forced to leave their homes. 

Twelve South Sudanese women sat on hard, wooden benches, their shoes on the cement floor of Living Word of God Church in the Buluk section of Juba, South Sudan. …

The oversized burlap bag of supplies extended several feet in both directions from atop his head as he made his way through the South Sudanese shop. He and several other men were carrying supplies that had just been purchased from the shop to the customers’ vehicle. As he wove through the hand-constructed wooden tables that held bundles of merchandise, he complained that the shop’s customer should give him more money for hauling the goods to their vehicle. …

Vicky Waraka, South Sudan, Project Joseph

Food and the Gospel for Flood Victims in South Sudan

In June of 2020, when the entire world was locking down and staying home to avoid spreading COVID-19, thousands of residents of South Sudan and Sudan living near the White Nile river were forced to leave their homes. 

Vicky Waraka, South Sudan, SALT

The Fruit of Your Giving: Learning to Center Our Lives on Christ

Twelve South Sudanese women sat on hard, wooden benches, their shoes on the cement floor of Living Word of God Church in the Buluk section of Juba, South Sudan. …

Vicky Waraka, South Sudan

An Unusual Day at Work: He Never Would Have Guessed What Would Happen

The oversized burlap bag of supplies extended several feet in both directions from atop his head as he made his way through the South Sudanese shop. He and several other men were carrying supplies that had just been purchased from the shop to the customers’ vehicle. As he wove through the hand-constructed wooden tables that held bundles of merchandise, he complained that the shop’s customer should give him more money for hauling the goods to their vehicle. …

THE CONTEXT

After decades of civil war with what is now Sudan, South Sudan gained independence from the north in 2011. Shortly after gaining independence, the country erupted into political unrest along tribal lines in 2013.

This instability and the general lack of infrastructure has isolated many churches, creating the opportunity for overdependence on one person who enjoys the title of pastor or leader.

It's not uncommon for churches to exist for the benefit of one pastor, who promises his followers prosperity and good fortune that he doesn't have the authority or means to provide.

Revival and Fire Church

When Steve Evers and Timothy Keller visited the area in 2009, ITMI partner, Vicky Waraka traveled to Mundri, South Sudan, to meet with Steve.

South Sudan, Vicky Waraka, Steve Evers, Tim Keller, Jahim Buli, Justin

Left to Right: Timothy Keller, Lazarus, Vicky, Steve Evers, Justin, Jahim Buli.

Logistics led to her and the others traveling with her being stranded in Mundri, where the ITMI team was sharing the SALT material. With nothing else to do, they stayed for the teaching.

When Steve returned to South Sudan in 2012, he discovered that the SALT material he'd presented two years before had taken such root that Vicky, Lazarus and two others had planted a church, Revival and Fire Ministry, Juba, based on the principles!

Shared leadership - not one leader with a title.

No titles.

No head pastor.

Humbly responsive to the Spirit.

This model was so starkly different from the standard African church, that people are drawn to this church by droves.

They had already funded a church building, which is unheard of for such a young church in a war-torn, impoverished, African country, but quickly grew out of it in 2 months time!

Vicky Waraka, Steve Evers, South Sudan, Church Planting

ITMI's Lazarus Yezinai, Vicky and Steve Evers with leaders from the Revival and Fire Ministry. (2016)

 

South Sudan, Revival and Fire Ministries, Vicky Waraka

Revival and Fire church plant gathering on Easter Sunday in South Sudan. (2012)

Vicky Waraka, South Sudan

Vicky prays with and counsels women from the church and the community each week.

South Sudan, SALT training, Vicky Waraka

Vicky teaches SALT training in South Sudan.

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT DOES

Infuses Hope into a War-Torn Country

Your gift allows Vicky to meet with hurting people seven days a week, pray with them, share and remind the of the Gospel and infuse hope into the lives of the suffering.

Provides a Family for Children in Need

Unofficially, part of Vicky's ministry is that she shares her personal home and resources with 5 teenage girls who were in need of a safe place to stay and a family.

Spreads Truth and Hope Throughout South Sudan

Vicky travels, often with a group of other believers, to other cities to teach life-changing discipleship seminars and conferences that are received with deep gratitude by those who attend, because the Biblical teaching is so paradigm shifting and hope inducing.

HISTORY

In the fall of 2005, ITMI Director, Steve Evers had  been on the road for 8 physically, emotionally and spiritually draining weeks.

For the past 10 days, he had been serving in what was then Sudan, (now South Sudan) encouraging and challenging Sudanese believers, helping the ITAM (It Took A Miracle) team conduct their outreaches, and listening to the needs of the local church.

They made it to the nearby dirt airstrip where a plane would be picking them up to take them home.

But when the plane landed, the pilot was unaware that he was expected to pick up passengers for the return journey to Kenya. Eventually, Steve convinced the unwilling pilot to take the ITAM team and a limited weight allowance of their belongings with him on his return flight, leaving Steve stranded on the runway with a pile of all of the things the team had to leave behind.

Steve watched the plane lift off the dirt strip and clear the trees, then surveyed his situation. He was alone and surrounded by the clothes and other equipment of the recently departed team. He had given away most of his own clothes, food supply and gear the day before when he had visited a recently ransacked village to share the Gospel, so he was unprepared to spend three extra days in Sudan.

Vicky Waraka, a local believer Steve had fellowshipped with earlier in the week had heard about Steve's situation and came to Steve's aid after deploying one of the men from the church to rally some others with bicycles to help transport the baggage that was left behind.

Steve learned that Vicky was an educated woman who turned down a high-paying position with the Ugandan government to return to her people in Sudan and serve them. She is not married, but was raising 11 children (none of whom are biologically hers) on an irregular and virtually non-existent income.

Steve learned more about Vicky, her love for the Lord and her ministry during his extended stay. When he returned to the US, he began the process of forming an official partnership between ITMI and Vicky.

Years later, after South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan, Vicky moved to the new country's capitol, Juba, where she helped plant the Revival and Fire Church with several other like-minded believers.

When a Juba resident left his home to visit someone in a village outside the city, little did he know that this visit would take a very surprising turn. 
As he approached the settlement…

Angelina and her children were forced from their home in 2013 when the first tribal violence erupted in South Sudan. Angelina and her family ended up around 130 miles south of South Sudan’s southern border, in Kiryandongo Refugee settlement near Bweyale, Uganda. Last month, ITMI helped a team of believers from Juba, South Sudan equip pastors and leaders in Bweyale with a 3-day workshop. 

In this 2.5 minute video, ITMI’s Vicky Waraka introduces us to Asha, a widow with six children in her care and one of the women ITMI supporters helped with seed money so she could start earning a steady income!

South Sudan, Lazarus, Vicky

It’s Not Over, but the Lord is at Work

When a Juba resident left his home to visit someone in a village outside the city, little did he know that this visit would take a very surprising turn. 
As he approached the settlement…

Bweyale Uganda, Lazarus Yezinai, Vicky Waraka

Angelina’s New Hope: Vicky, Lazarus and Team Share Hope in Uganda Refugee Camp

Angelina and her children were forced from their home in 2013 when the first tribal violence erupted in South Sudan. Angelina and her family ended up around 130 miles south of South Sudan’s southern border, in Kiryandongo Refugee settlement near Bweyale, Uganda. Last month, ITMI helped a team of believers from Juba, South Sudan equip pastors and leaders in Bweyale with a 3-day workshop. 

Thanks to YOU, Asha is Earning a Steady Income!

In this 2.5 minute video, ITMI’s Vicky Waraka introduces us to Asha, a widow with six children in her care and one of the women ITMI supporters helped with seed money so she could start earning a steady income!

ITMI’s Steve Evers and Kent Reisenauer tell us all about their time in South Sudan, including: How they managed to get in and stay out of trouble, our partners’ “secret” of how they manage to stay spiritually healthy in the midst of trauma, a jaw-dropping story from Lazarus’ past, and…

These are just a few of the items provided by supporters for our guys to take with them to bless our partners and their ministries. …

Piotr Zaremba, Poland, Ukraine church plant

A Family from Ukraine Has Surprising News for Piotr Zaremba

The decision to leave their home in Ukraine was a tough one. Vladamir was a lawyer. He and his wife, Julia, were raising three sons. Starting a new life somewhere else meant their sons would leave their school and their friends, for a new school in a new language. It meant Vladamir would be starting over with the career he’d worked to build. It meant they wouldn’t live in their home, the country they’d lived in all their lives. They’d be away from their people. Their family. Their friends.

Supporters Send Our Team with Special Deliveries

These are just a few of the items provided by supporters for our guys to take with them to bless our partners and their ministries. …